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UCL confirms campus at Olympic site

University College London has confirmed that it will build a second campus in London, including its first school of design and a centre to help address the shortage of skilled engineers.

The campus, which will be known as UCL East, is to receive £141 million from the government’s National Infrastructure Plan in support of the Olympicopolis project devised by the London Legacy Development Corporation and the mayor of London to leave a positive legacy from the London 2012 Olympic Games. The government has said the project will create a higher education and cultural quarter and will see UCL working with the Victoria and Albert Museum, the University of the Arts London and Sadler’s Wells. 

UCL has committed £270m to the first phase of development, which will provide 50,000 square metres of space. Plans for the first phase include the UCL Generator, which will be the university’s first school of design; a centre for experimental engineering, which will aim to address the UK’s engineering skills shortage; UCL Innovation, a centre to integrate research and technology development and commercialisation; and living space for students and staff. 

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